Voters line up to cast their ballots during the general election in Bera, Pahang state, Malaysia, on November 19, 2022.
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Malaysia’s King Yang di-Pertuan Agong said neither of the leading coalitions, Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional, had achieved a simple majority to form a government as the deadlock in Malaysia’s general election continued.
After reviewing the results and numbers of both parties at 2pm on Tuesday in Malaysia, the king issued a formal statement summoning the heads of Pakatan and Perikatan, Anwar Ibrahim and Muhyiddin Yassin, for another meeting with him at 4.30pm. Malaysian time.
“I urge the nation to be patient and remain calm until the process of forming a new Malaysian government and choosing a new prime minister is completed,” the king said in a statement.
“I call on the people of Malaysia to pray that our country will always be blessed and protected from all threats and dangers.”
This comes after Malaysia’s longest-ruling political coalition, Barisan Nasional, decided on Tuesday not to support either of the two leading coalitions, Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional.
The Coalition, which won a meager 30 seats in Saturday’s general election, also decided to remain in opposition. It was one of the coalition’s worst election results in 60 years of government after it was not re-elected in 2018 due to Barisan member and former prime minister Najib Razak’s involvement in the 1MDB scandal.
Acting Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the coalition’s decision as both Pakatan and Perikatan were on their way to meet the king.
Separately, local media reported that the Warisan party had said it would support Pakatan and Barisan as the bloc with the most wins. This comes just as Barisan has said it will not work with Pakatan.
Malaysia faces a hung parliament as Pakatan, led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, has the most parliamentary seats at 82. The coalition would need 112 seats out of 222 to form a government.